Apple removes over 700 apps from Chinese App Store

Isaac Cain
December 3, 2018

Signalling the end of the standoff between Apple and India's telecom regulator, the TRAI DND app is finally available for download via Apple's App Store.

Apple requires that app updates, such as new features or security improvements, are downloaded via the App Store itself, so that the company can approve them.

Apple doesn't allow third-party apps permission to read messages or call logs on its devices. Currently, it is unclear that the version of DND that is released in the App Store follows the additional privacy protection or not.

TRAI and Apple have been at loggerheads about the access required by the DND app since about a year and a half, with the regulator even contemplating taking Apple to court over the issue. As a result, iPhones faced a risk of getting banned in the country as TRAI had ordered the telecom operators of India to de-recognize devices (disallow voice calls and SMS) that don't allow installation of the TRAI DND app. While there's no official word from either party, TRAI's DND app seems to have done just that, so it doesn't have any special privileges.

The registration process appears to leverage the SMS/Call Reporting framework Apple recently introduced into iOS, tying reporting directly into the Phone and Messages applications and sharing only specific spam content with authorities, the report said.

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After users send an SMS via the app, they will need to go into DND settings on the OS and switch on DND.

Similarly, you can report telemarketing calls from within the Phone app.

You can find a link to the free DND app below.

According to reports, an average individual in the country receives up to 10 unwanted calls and messages in a day which is undoubtedly a nuisance. However, Apple did not permit the app on its platform citing privacy issues. You will see the option to "Report Message" or "Report all Messages" at the bottom when viewing SMS from numbers not already in your Contacts.

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